Friday, October 24, 2014

Juan Guido Lubanga Exhibit in Ayala Center Cebu

One time we noticed that there were sculptors or artworks scattered all over the gardens of Ayala Center Cebu. My sister has this thing about exhibits and lets her curiousity get hold of her. She went to further investigate what these pieces are...

"With the mall as its canvas, contemporary art makes a mark and engages shoppers in Cebu. Ongoing until Dec. 15, Art Park exhibits the stonecast sculptures and installations of Juan Guido Lubanga, one of Cebu’s brilliant artists, around the parks of Ayala Center Cebu.

Launched first in 2009 in Greenbelt Makati, Art Park collaborates with notable artists to transform Ayala Malls’ spaces into one magnificent canvas and fluid gallery where art can best be experienced up close. It aims to let people appreciate the wonders of art in an informal and unrestrained setting." - Art in our Midst (Cebu Daily News 8.26.2014)

Installed at the fountain area of the new expansion wing roof deck, “The Giant’s Feet,” as regarded by most spectators, is a piece designed to mirror the Christian scripture of Jesus walking on water, also an allusion of faith and tranquility amidst ordeals. 

An interpretation of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s timeless bronze sculpture, “Le Penseur,” Lubanga’s “Thinker” embodies the significance of knowledge and philosophy in a sleek design.

El Salvador Resort - Danao City Cebu

Last summer, on our way to Alegre in Sogod, Cebu - we happen to pass by El Salvador in Danao City.  Danao City is located in the northern part of Cebu, 4th town from our place in Mandaue (Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, and then Danao). It can be reached within an hour to 2 hours from Cebu City depending on traffic - by Bus (Ceres) going to Hagnaya or north bound, jeepney, or taxi. Since it is that near, we decided to give it a visit one hot Sunday morning.

Scenes from the trip...

That's the church of Liloan

Old trees along the road

Titay's Rosquillos, a landmark in Liloan

Pushing north

We are now in Compostela

At last!...El Salvador

Rooms are on the second level, the function rooms below...

Another building...

Swimming Pool

Pathway to the beach

Their restaurant

A closer look at their restaurant

Cottages for day visitors

Beach front

Not your usual sandy beach

El Salvador is just a cute resort. Not as fancy as the Mactan resorts, but definitely better than the ones in Liloan and Compostela. But I guess a lot more people would prefer the resorts in Liloan and Compostela because they are way much cheaper. The prices of the rooms in El Salvador starts at 2000++ Php, and goes as high as 4000++.

Although I like their gardens and their grounds are clean, but they do not have a beach shore. So this is not for those who wish to lie on the beach. But it can be a good venue for events , especially the beach front. It can also be a perfect weekend getaway. A little away from the city but not too far. Accessible by public transport. And by the way, it only costs 175 Php per head for adults and 125 Php for children, if we just want to go swimming in the pool. However cottages are not free, and will cost a chunky 495 Pesos.   

Km. 30 Cebu North Rd.,
Sabang, Danao City
Cebu, Philippines 6004

Please call 516-2252 | 032-200-3622 | 09231455613

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Flame Trees

I love flame trees. They bloom most beautifully during summer. I think they love the sun too. I've been thinking, could our flame trees be a deserving counterpart to the cherry blossoms (I have been dreaming of one day seeing the cherry blossoms) in Japan? I would like to see a flame tree lined avenue in Cebu one day. I'm sure it would be a very beautiful sight during summer.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunburst Fried Chicken (Ayala Center Cebu)

An hour after attending mass, we were at Sunburst Fried Chicken in Ayala Center Cebu. When I was way much younger, Sunburst was already a favorite among Cebuanos. Along with other restaurants like Snow Sheen, Manila Restaurant, Manila Times, and Majestic. If there were some I haven't mentioned, I'm sorry - it's either I truly forgot or never knew them at all. My parents were not really big fans of eating out.

Sunburst location  is really nice. On the second level, and walking distance from Starbucks. Near also to the taxi bay area...

I thought, wow! are these people the usual number of customers flocking Sunburst? Turned out, there was a birthday party, and they were guests.

Entrance of Sunburst


Another view of the interior

I am just sorry we have no pictures because, I couldn't wait anymore. Just gotta eat. I can observe that Sunburst still has a lot of customers. Sometimes, people even wait to be seated. Their fried chicken are still a smashing hit, and they are not expensive. Sometimes service is a bit slow when there are a lot of people. But people didn't mind it. However I just wish they would improve on their facilities. A little refurbishing on their furniture, some new lighting, and maybe some fresh new paint will make the place more exciting! 

Inside Ayala Center Cebu

Ayala Center Cebu is actually just a small mall. It is made up of 3 Paseos and a new wing. There are more expensive stores than cheap ones. You will wonder, what's the use being in a mall where we couldn't do a decent shopping?

Not true. I can actually find cheap thrills, but that is not the reason why I love this mall. I love it for its design. It has a huge garden and 2 fountains, and it kept the trees which grew in the place long before Ayala Center was built. It also makes use of natural light, and most of all, it is able to keep the sound reverberation (when there are a lot of people or activity in the center) minimal so it will not be hurting to the ears. I am not sure if I am the only one who observes this. But it does not matter if I am alone or not in this observation. What makes me comfortable is what matters.

And even though I may not be able to do a lot of shopping, it has  a lot of restaurants to choose from. And it is a good venue to meet up for dining.

Paseo Verde

Paseo Marina
The area below the first escalator is the Activity Center (Ground Floor), where promotions or shows are held...

The mall has only 4 levels

There is a play center at the basement for kids, to keep them amused while waiting for mom, when she is not done shopping yet ...




National Bookstore

Blue Magic

After going around, I still haven't covered everything. But our feet are already hurting.  So we went to Rustan's Super Market, bought some bread,fruits, and a liter of Magnolia Ice Cream. And that ends our Sunday activities ... Just happy to share pictures with you all!